Edmund de Waal
an annunciation, 2019
Porcelain, steel, gold, alabaster, aluminum, and plexiglass
© Edmund de Waal. Courtesy the artist and The Frick Collection. Photo: Christopher Burke
This is what I've made for the Anteroom, for the French table with that incredible Van Eyck. So this is an annunciation. It's a work which I've made about encounter, about meeting and having that extraordinary moment of revelation, which is the annunciation.
What I've done is to gild the inside of these three folded pieces of steel; white on the outside and then gilded on the inside, to produce this extraordinary aura, this sort of halo, this wash of golden light that folds over these very white vessels, and illuminates the whole sculpture. It's extraordinary. As the light changes, this aura comes and goes, but it's always present. It's all placed on marble, a very, very thin piece of Carrara marble, which floats on top, so the whole sculpture floats in front of the Van Eyck.
It is annunciation.